- Mark laments high turnover
- Extols 2015 general elections
- Senators-elect self agenda
The president of the senate and chairman of the National Assembly David Mark has lamented the high turnover of senators to the National Assembly and said it was almost as good as starting afresh as senators lost their seats considerably in the last general elections.
Mark made this known during the opening ceremony of the induction and training session for the members and senators-elect of the 8th National Assembly organized by the National Institute of legislative studies [NILS] holding at the International Conference Center, Abuja.
He said the turnover is too high with an average of 30% which impacts on deliberations. He urged the members –elect to live exemplary lives in their conduct. The senate president congratulated the independent National commission [INEC] and extolled Nigerians for not conforming to doomsday prophets who prophesied that Nigerian will disintegrate by 2015 as he urged the parliament to salvage the system from imminent collapse by being on the side of the people through the evolution of symbiotic relationship to deal with issues confronting the nation through proactive collaboration from all sectors.
He urged the legislators to make the citizens, centerpiece of the democratization process by initiating people oriented budget and reminded them of the need to promote what unites the nation instead of dwelling on our fault lines.
Meanwhile, a few senators-elect have spoken out on their personal and collective agenda in the 8th senate while scoring the out going senate.
For senator-elect Abudlazeez Nyako- Adamawa central, stemming insurgency, rehabilitation and reconstruction of Adamawa state, youth empowerment would mark his achievement in the 8th senate. Hear him; I want to come out strongly in two areas; one is against insurgency and the secondly, youth empowerment . Having a navy background puts me in good position.
Senator-elect Peter Nwaoboshi- Delta north, the interest of his Delta north senatorial District is upper most on his mind. He says: my aim is to make my people have an effective representation in the affairs of this country and to attract within the limits of my power and competence, project to the benefit of my people through effective representation. The voice of my people must be heard at the National level.’